Imagine Providence

Hear the voices of people boldly and creatively tackling social issues in Providence and explore how you can be part of the story.

  • December 23, 2014

    Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) works with social enterpises of all shapes and sizes to ensure sustainable success. Having worked with 150 ventures so far, SEG is building a rich community of diverse social entrepreneurs who can collaborate and support each other. In addition to working with established social entrepreneuers, SEG encourages potential entrepeneurs of all ages to join their community and innovate ideas.

    Kelly Ramirez, executive director of SEG, describes how the innovative work of SEG is transforming Providence into a social enterprise capital.

    Social Enterprise Greenhouse
  • October 23, 2014

    Based on the teachings of Paulo Freire, English for Action (EFA) facilitates English language learning as a tool for community organizing. By empowering the Spanish-speaking community to have a strong voice in Providence, EFA enables its students to push for the change they envision. People of all ages and literacy levels are welcome to join the movement being built in EFA's classrooms.

    Executive Director Cristina Cabrera describes what it feels like to belong to the EFA family.

    English for Action
  • October 23, 2014

    When you walk through the door of Recycle-A-Bike (RAB), right off of Olneyville Square, you enter a microcosm of Providence where people from all walks of life build relationships by teaching and learning all about the used bicycles they are refurbishing. As a volunteer-based bike cooperative, RAB gives anyone the opportunity to earn a bike or fix a bike in exchange for their time. In addition to providing an Open Shop for people to learn how to fix their bikes, RAB sells refurbished bicycles, teaches Build-A-Bike courses, trains highschool students to be bike mechanics, provides tune-ups at farmers markets, and more!

    Patrick McEvoy, executive director of RAB, invites you to celebrate RAB's vision for a community connected by bicycles.